For five decades, Rod Stewart has been making music his own way -- and in the process became a legend and one of the most successful performers of all time. In total, he has sold an astronomical 250 million copies of his albums and singles.
Rod Stewart spent the early part of his life jumping from job to job. He briefly played for a sports team, then traveled before returning home to work with the family and play with several bands. Things started to pick up in 1964 when he joined The Hoochie Coochie Men, which later became Steampacket. They began getting attention and supported the Rolling Stones on tour. The group eventually broke up and Rod then joined The Jeff Beck Group.
With The Jeff Beck Group, Rod Stewart continued to rise as a musician. Their album, "Truth," became a hit in both the US and UK, and they followed it up with another hit, "Beck-Ola," and a tour before they eventually broke up. Following that, he joined a rock and roll band called The Faces while simultaneously pursuing a solo career.
The decision to be both in a band and remain a solo artist worked, and Rod was launched to a new level. After building a reputation with two band albums and two solo albums, he became a household name when his third album, "Every Picture Tells a Story," went to #1 along with the single "Maggie May." The next album with The Faces then went into the Top 10. He remained with the band for several more albums, but eventually left in 1975 to focus exclusively on his solo career.
Rod Stewart relocated to the United States and continued to release album after album, most of them finding success. His style changed from folk and rock and roll to a more pop-styled sound. To date, he has had 22 albums on the Top 200 chart, 9 of which made it to the Top 10, and an incredible 21 songs on the Hot 100 chart.
In 1994, Rod was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004 he won a Grammy for "Stardust... The Great American Songbook: Volume III," and is currently nominated for "Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook: Volume V." When he visited Ellen with Stevie Nicks, he announced that the two will be going on tour together. He also performed his hit song, "Hot Legs."